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benedict becomes the first pontiff to resign in almost 600 years. the stunning move that has the world asking who's next. >>> from hunger games to "silver linings play book" she is captivating audiences everywhere. jennifer lawrence talks. >>> and swim suit inc. a show stopping cover as kate upton graces "sports illustrated" swim suit edition once more. we go inside the big business of a well-worn bikini. >>> keep it right ♪ chances are, you're not made of money, so don't overpay for motorcycle insurance. geico, see how much you could save. >>> from new york city, this is "nightline" with bill weir. >> if the last 600 years have taught us anything it's that popes don't quit. there is no holy father rest home. it is a job for life or at least it was until this morning when over a billion catholics did a double take over the news that benedict xvi had given his two weeks' notice in latin. why now and what does it mean for the church? who could possibly replace him. here's terry moran. >> reporter: an ordinary rainy monday in the vatican except for that lightning bolt striking the vatic
the vatican. why did pope benedict really say he is stepping down? and what does it mean for a billion catholics around the world? >>> in ruins. a tornado roaring up the street. electrical wires dangling. the massive cleanup tonight in one american town. >>> rescue. thousands of people stranded on a vacation cruise ship, cut off from the world. and the lifeboat on the way to try to help them tonight. >>> and honor and valor. the emotional ceremony for a heroic soldier. the lesson he teaches about the american spirit. and an unlikely little star in a suit and tie. >>> good evening on this monday night. a centuries old tradition has been shattered by a surprise. pope benedict, chosen to be pope for life, today announced he will resign, citing his failing strength and health. and the toll of his seven years, nine months and 24 days as pope etched on his face. there he was, as we saw him on day one. and now, much thinner, frailer. this is unchartered territory for 1 billion catholics around the world. no pope has resigned in 598 years. and it's happening just 48 hours before the holy seaso
story later on on "gma." >>> we turn to a change of the top of the catholic church. pope benedict made the bombshell announcement he is stepping down. >> at age 85, the pope says he cannot keep up with the job. nick schifrin joins us from rome with more. good morning, nick. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, diana. pope benedict is a shy leader. but he's unpredictable, unprecedented. and it might just guarantee his legacy. at 85, he is silver-haired and cerebral and says he simply can't keep up. pope benedict xvi tells his cardinals in latin, quote, i had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. in the last year, benedict grew increasingly frail. >> he certainly slowed down a bit. you could tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. >> reporter: but the german pope never slowed down, putting the church on an orthodox path. he opposed homosexuality and female priests. he tried to heal wounds, apologizing to victims of sexual abuse. >> they have to come to terms with the priest scandal. they have t
leaving before dying. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi announced his resignation and threw the church inteun certainty. the 85-year-old pontiff said he's no longer strong enough to fulfill his duties, saying strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which has in the past few months really deteriorated in me. >> it's remarkable to me in this day and age that he would step down. >> reporter: remarkable and shocking, because no pope has stepped down for 6 centuries. the decision is being hailed as historic and a potential game changer, making it okay to resign. now a billion catholics worldwide are left wondering who their next leader will be. >> the biggest question is where they will come from? will it be an italian pope, a latin-american pope? >> reporter: a conclave to elect a new pope will begin in mid-march, in time for easter. pub successors are from milan, canada -- possible successors are from milan, canada, and argentina. >> jeff hagel joins us with more reaction locally. >> reporter: archbishop william laurie said he visited the vatican 7 weeks ago and saw no signs of
>>> good morning, america. major bulletin right now. pope benedict resign ifs a stunning announcement at the vatican. citing his advanced age and diminishing strength. the first pep to step down in almost 600 years. what this means for the catholic church. >>> going across the interstate. >> and breaking now, tornadoes slam the south. this massive twister through a town at the dinner hour. dozens of people injured. hundreds of homes destroyed. it looked like it was amile wide. new blizzards right now. >>> and good morning, america. a huge headline right now. pope benedict xvi moments ago making this announcement. speaking in lat on the a group of cardinals. and announcing his rezization. after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to a certainty that my strengths, due to advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate carrying out of the ministry. >> the last pope to resign was pope gregory xii, almost 60 years ago. benedict's rescission to resign sets the stage for a clooichb to be -- conclave, to elect a new pope. ash wednesday begins this we
for the catholic church. pope benedict will step down at the end of the month. >> catholics are waiting to see who will be chosing to replace him. abc's nick schifrin is joining us from vatican city. >> reporter: pope benedict is a shy leader but a reminder of the man who they used to call god's rottweiller. unpredictable, unprecedented. at 85, he's silver haired and cerebral and says he can't keep up. he said he's become so infirmed, i've had to recognize my incapacity to fulfill the ministry enstrupsed to me. in the last year, he grew increasingly frail. >> he's certainly slowed down a bet. you can tell he has trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. >> reporter: but the german pope never slowed down, putting the church on an orthodox path. he opposed homosexuality and female priests. he tried to heal wounds, apologizing to victims of sexual abuse. but his church shielded accused priests and hid crimes from authorities. >> they've got to come to terms with the priest scandal. they have to be more candid and honest about it. >> reporter: benedict filled stadiums bu
along you to this morning. multiple sources are confirming pope benedict xvi has announced he is resigning from his post. this is going to happen on february 28. this has never happened in the 600 years of the papacy. >> the 85-year-old has announced he's stepping down the end of the month. he took over after the death of pope benedict xvi on april 19, 2005. in an address to the cardinals he said, quote, this is a decision of great importance for the life of the church. again he said understanding what was required as being pope was something he was physically unable to continue doing the first time in 600 years. >> you may remember the pope recently joined things like twitter. we do want to encourage you to follow us as we begin to follow this story because it's breaking news and again coming down this morning, a lot of you wondering why. he says it's because he's tired. he's 85 years old. we'll update the story and abc news will pick it up once we're off the air. just a reminder you can find the latest updates on abc2news.com and follow us at abc2 news on twitter. >>> the 14
this quickly because we had this given to us. a vatican spokesman says pope benedict xvi will resign at the end of this month. this being confirmed by a number of agencies including the associated press and reuters. we've tweeted it out for you this morning. you can follow us to be up to date on this. more as the day goes on. >>> we'll tell you about the tornado you definitely heard about it by now rveght the tornado that -- by now, the tornado that ripped through mississippi. take a look at this video shortly after the tornado touched down. the town of hatsyfield is home to southern miss which received a lot of damage. state officials say three people have been injured and the storm has caused significant damage. >>> the storm may be over but the work now is just beginning. >> stay with us this morning. we're going to talk about cleaning up all the snow. how do you do it when you have no place to put it. there's so much of it. we'll tell what you some states are facing this morning after the huge blizzard. >> the family of the late penn state cope joe paterno speaking out. what they had to say
in the heartland. >>> final blessing. the enormous crowd to hear pope benedict deliver his last public words of prayer. this as more cardinals are asked today to skip the election of a new pope. >>> and the academy awards, the show stopping finale. the brand new host. >> the biggest challenge is going to be getting there on time. i think it starts at 5:30. >> and meet the only two people on earth who already know who the winners are. >> good evening, everyone. thank you so much for joining us on this spd night. i'm paula faris. davis mur is on assignment. we begin with the dramatic start to the nascar season. the stadium packed with 167,000 fans for the celebrated daytona 500 today. they were there to watch jimmie johnson cross the finish line and take the season's first prize. but in the back of their minds, there were these images of the terrifying end to yesterday's preliminary race. a spin-out involving a dozen cars. one mangled car smashing into the fence and breaking into pieces. some pieces striking fans and injuring 28 people. after a frantic night repairing all of that damage, today
. >>> pope benedict xvi shocked everyone with the sudden announcement of his retirement and today is the last ash wednesday mass he will celebrate. it's the last major celebration before he steps down at the end of the month. for the people it was a special moment. >> it was emotional to be there. it was something special. >> new before mass pope benedict made his first public appearance since announcing his rest sig flaismghts cruds cleared for him. his successor will be chosen at a conclave last month. >> while the pope is celebrating the last ash wednesday, the archbishop is celebrating his first as the archbishop of baltimore. he led a midday mass and is currently celebrating mass at the cathedral of mayor our queen -- mary our queen. >>> president obama is on the roadworking to reenforce his plan. >> the bulk of his message focused on the economy. the president wants to stimulate the economy. republicans are sceptical. >> to reignite true engine of american economic growth, a thriving middle class. >> last night the president offered up more of the same -- higher taxes and more stimulus
, our thanks to you. >>> on this sunday, a swelling crowd at the vatican for one of poem benedict's final appearances. there's jockey tonight among cardinals and a warning, all cardinals will be told they cannot tweet when they arrive to choose the new pope. david wright reporting from the vatican. david? >> reporter: good evening, david. it's late, but the lights are on tonight in the pope's apartment. perhaps he's packing up. earlier today he didn't even acknowledge his imminent departure. but the crowd sure did. at least 50,000 roman catholics came to say goodbye. but pope benedict kept it strictly business as usual. even though he will appear in that window just one more time, before he makes way for someone else. >> the crowd was here for benedict today and it matters probably more to him than to him. >> reporter: even before this pope has fully said his goodbyes, behind the scenes rne choosing his successor. a process that has always followed strict rules and is full of intrigue. this weekend the vatican floated a trial balloon, perhaps the cardinals won't wait the usual 15
benedict making his first appearance since his resignation announcement. there was a kind of rumbling in rome, a kind of aftershock and abc's dan harris is at the vatican to tell us more. >> reporter: on this ash wednesday, at his last public mass, pope benedict received a rare, rapture rouse standing ovation. earlier in the day, at a public say mowny, a similar reception, with cheers and tears. benedict was visibly moved. how was the atmosphere in the room? >> electric. solemn and electric at the same time. >> i almost cried. honestly, it was wonderful. >> reporter: debeneath the applause, there are thorny questions swirling. we were struck by the fact that the pope said again today that he was resigning of his own free will. there's been a real emphasis on pointing out that the pope made this decision of his own volition. why? why is that? >> because italians love conspiracy theories. >> reporter: he's not kidding. the local papers here read like a dan brown novel, teaching with benedict being driven out by internal intrigue. conservatives in the vatican are calling the pope's resig
of the resignation of pope benedict 16. the pontiff will be resigning at the end of this month, becoming the first nope step down in 600 years. the pope says being pope requires strength of mind and body, and he has neither anymore. the pope's doctors recently advised him not to take any more transatlantic trips. the archbishop of baltimore, william laurie, says he met with the pope in rome a few week ago and saw no signs of him slowing down. pope benedict will devote the rest of his life to prayer and reflection. >> there's only one holy father. what he's zoing float tiring in the way that you and i think about retirement. you have your 401k, you have your little place and you go off and do it. the holy father lives a different kind of existence. >> archbishop laurie say the fact that the pope would recognize his own physical frailty and display it to world shows his own humility. >> the college of cardinal wills decide on the next pope president the archbishop of baltimore will vote for a new pope. >>> for the latest developments, follow us on twitter, @abc2news. >>> we have an update on a case
lenten prayer. benedict's hearing has deteriorated. he appeared to have even gone blind in his left eye. his body is so thin, tailors had a hard time with his clothing. a reporter said he's never seen the pope so exhausted looking. >>> there are new details about friday's meteor strike in central russia. scientists are confirming the first fragments have been located. found near a hole in a frozen lake where a big chunk landed. some so-called meteor piece, with no proof they're the real deal, have appeared on ebay. >>> now to the immigration reform. republicans and democrats alike are predicting president obama would fail if he pushes forward with his own plan. illegal immigrants would be able to get a green card in eight years. top republican law maikers don't like that. >> by giving advantage for those who cut in line ahead of those coming here legally, he's looking for a partisan advantage. >> the white house says the president would push his own plan only if lawmakers can't get the job done. >>> police tape where one woman was murdered in chicago. six others wounded. this woman's si
benedict resigned was because tit unveild a scandal. church officials steered the conversation away from the sexual abuse scandal. cardinal roger mahony testified under oath about that claim that he actively conceal it. he fled to mexico after mahony's top aide warned him that he would investigate. >> it's absolutely mind-boggling to me how this continues to go on and mahony should be jailed. >> reporter: voting in the conclave is a sacred duty, despite any worldly scandals. >> the cardinals in rome aren't very concerned about mahony voting. because they consider him part of the organization. >> reporter: suffering painful and public humiliation just like jesus. david wright, abc news, rome. >>> the pope's resignation coming up on thursday. >>> now to south africa and another unfolding story. olympic runner oscar pistorius out of jail and the family of the woman he's accused of murdering, speaking out about their heartbreak. abc's bazi kanani in pretoria once again. >> reporter: oscar pistorius spent his first day out of jail at his uncle's three-storied home in a quiet well-to-do suburb
in america. >> we'll find out tonight. >>> what's next? we show you where pope benedict will live after he resigns. and will one of these men make history as the new pope? union address tonight. but we begin with the breaking news at this hour, out of california. police closing in on the former cop accused of the murder rampage. christopher dorner exchanging fire with s.w.a.t. teams. officers wounded, images streaming in of police officers, guns drawn, searching cars. and abc's cecilia vega is there to tell us what is happening right now. cecilia? >> reporter: diane, good evening. the situation is still ongoing. this is what we know. christopher dorner is holed up on a house on that mountain. two officers have been shot and wounded. los angeles police just went on live television to broadcast a plea to him. telling him, enough is enough, it's time to turn yourself in. >> if he's watching this, a message for himself is, enough is enough. it's time to turn yourself in, it's time to stop the bloodshed. it's time to let this event and let this incident be over. >> reporter: in the remote mount
know what's inside. late word tonight on just what pope benedict will be called after he resigns. i want to bring in christiane amanpour in rome tonight. christiane, great to see you. and first here, what have we learned about pope benedict once he officially steps down? >> reporter: we were told by the vatican that he will continued to be called benedict, his hold willness and given the title pope emeritus. he will continue to wear white, but not the, you know, elaborate papal vestments. a simple white outfit that he will have his signature red prada shoes and wear brown leather shoes. and he will live in a monastery here within the vatican. >> putting the red prada shoes aside. very quiet scene behind you there tonight, but tomorrow, a much different picture. >> reporter: so, tens of thousands of pilgrims are expected here tomorrow, where the pope will give his final general audience. and he'll tour around this square in the pope mobile. and the next day, at 8:00 p.m. rome time, he leaves and right after that, that is when the search goes on for the new pope. >> it begins anew. ch
the spread of aids. he was a frequent visitor to dartmouth until his death. >>> pope benedict is leaving it to the cardinals of the catholic church. benedict changed the rules, allowing the cardinals to move up the can clave start date if all of them arrive at the vatican before the 15-day waiting period ends. benedict's resignation takes effect on thursday. >>> prosecutors have asked that manslaughter charges be brought against the costa concordia cruise ship. 32 people, including 2 americans, died in that accident. >>> and coming up after the break, stocks sliding yet again, just days after a historic high. >>> plus, one year later. today, a community remembers trayvon martin. >>> and meltdown, big-time. a traveler's epic tantrum at the check-in counter. all of it, yep, caught on camera. >>> welcome back, everybody. well, fresh fears are sending stocks lower this morning. with no clear winner in italy's national election, investors are worried that europe's debt crisis may return. u.s. markets plunged yesterday because of that news and also because of budget cut fears back here at home
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. peters, the same day the pope announced he will step down. benedict is set for a new name, a new home and a new role. dan harris is live in st. peters square this morning with all of that. dan, good morning to you. >> reporter: elizabeth, good morning to you. here's how the local papers are playing this huge story. this one says, in italian, pope shock. and here's a headline, amen. as catholics all over the world absorb this truly stunning news, today, we're starting to get a sense of what may have provoked the pope to make this announcement now. this morning, the news agency says the pope had a top-secret operation to replace his pacemaker at this hospital in rome three months ago. the vatican won't confirm the news. but the paper says the operation went, quote, well. the pope's older brother held a news conference the day the decision was well thoughtout and nobody pushed his brother out. meanwhile, benedict's surprise decision has provoked vatican intrigue, worthy of a dan brown novel. jockeying and politicking has begun over who will be the 266th pope of this 2,000-year-old church
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will come from latin america or canada. yesterday, pope benedict xvi announced he will step down at the end of the month. the head of the first and oldest archdiocese archbishop of baltimore says that he met with the pope seven weeks ago in rome and saw no evidence he was slowing down. of leaving his post he will devote the rest of his life to prayer and reflection. >> there's only one holy father and so what he is doing is not retiring of the way you and i think about retirement you know. you got your 401k and you know you got your little place and you go off and do it. the holy father raves very different existence. lives a very different existence. >> the fact he would recognize his fraility and display it to the world shows hugh mitity. >> we will tell you a plan to keep students safe. >> also, what does 40 inches of snow falling in 24 hours look like? we will look in a minute. >> all right. temperatures are above average this morning. but, the low average -- below average temperatures are on the way. >> reporter: here's a live look at a crash on columbia pike. we will let you know what
' case is scheduled for later today. >>> some new rules with electing a new pope to replace pope benedict xvi. the vatican spokesman says the changes could mean that cardinals involved in the voting process could start earlier than march 15th. with the current law, cardinals have to wait 15 days after the pap acy becomes vacant before they can allow eligible cardinals to arrive in rome. speculation mounted that pope benedict may announce a new law allowing the conclave to start on march 10th. >>> time now for five things to know for you on this thursday morning. a new stamp honoring civil rights icon rosa parks will be unveiled in baltimore later today. congressman cummings and other state leaders will join the postal service for that unveiling. this will take place at the museum scheduled for 11:00. >>> plaque history month amtrak is holding a celebration at penn station starting at 11:00 this morning. passengers will see exhibits and learn the unique contributions of african- americans to the railroad industry throughout history. >>> wal-mart workers and their supporters will unveil the
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to know before you head out the door this morning. pope benedict xvi will meet with a group of parish priests in rome today. the retiring pope is expected to talk about the personal experiences as a young reformist back in the vatican council back in the 1960s. pope benedict will step down on february 28th. >>> senate democrat leaders are expected to vote on chuck hagel's confirmation as secretary of defense. a chairperson believes hagel has enough votes to get past the senate fill buster and be confirmed as the top pentagon first of all. the na plans to hold a news conference today in tennessee to respond to the president's state of the union address. on tuesday, the president called on congress to vote on a package of proposed measures including a ban on a sale of assault weapons and mandatory background check. >>> robin roberts will be on the cover of "people" magazine this week. inside the gma co-anchor talks about the battle with cancer. pick up a copy at newsstands beginning tomorrow. >>> today a collection of love letters between lyndon johnson and lady bird johnson will be ava
, where scandal threatens to overshadow the election of the new pope. tonight, just as pope benedict has moved up the date of the vote, britain's cardinal, keith o'brien, stepping down, after reports that he behaved inappropriately. and now come questions about an american cardinal. abc's david wright at the vatican again tonight. >> reporter: today, britain's cardinal keith o'brien said he will not attend the conclave, because his presence would be a distraction. this weekend, a british newspaper reported that four scottish priests claim o'brien made unwanted sexual advances on them in the 1980s, allegations o'brien denies. it's the latest of several scandals to threaten the dignity of this ancient process. other voting cardinals are known to have covered up for pedophile prooelss. l.a.'s roger mahony for one. president obama's outgoing ambassador to the holy see today suggested mahony consider bowing out. >> he has to decide for himself in terms of what is in the best interest of the church. >> reporter: and then, there's the italian papers full of reports of a dossier prepared "for th
benedict xvi will address the word world -- world. >> he will lead the ash wednesday mass. >> the pope was supposed to lead a traditional service at church in rome but the venue changed after the pope announced he will retire at the end of the month. the new venue will allow more worshipers to bid farewell to the outgoing pope. this is the first time we are hearing from the leader of the vatican since his surprise announcement. >>> it's likely that it will be his last mass in public. ash wednesday is a day where christians mark the beginning of lent. >>> and even if you can't make it to church on this ash wednesday, you can participate in the tradition. a handful of maryland episcopal churches are taking part in ashes to the street. it's called ashes to go and it will take place at train stations coffee shops and downtown baltimore other public spots and neighborhoods you know well. anyone who wants to will be able to receive a mudge cross of ashes which is a christian sign reef pentence. >>> government officials are condemning north korea for conducting a underground nuclear teght tes
in june. his supporters in australia have put his name in the run for the senate. >>> pope benedict is behind closed doors for traditional lenten prayer. thousands gathered yesterday to say goodbye to the pope. he will host his last blessing next sunday followed by a nine general audience on february 27th, the day before he officially steps down. >>> an amazing fact about friday's meteor strike in russia. shockwaves were felt by nuclear sensors halfway around the world. friday's mid-air explosion over central russia had the force of 30 hiroshima nuclear bombs. more than half of the glass that was broken has been replaced. several so-called meteor pieces are already on sale on ebay, but as the saying goes, buyer beware. >> 1 million square feet of glass shattered when that hit. >> that is incredible. i need to go to my backyard and get some rocks. >> some meteor rocks. >> of course. let me clarify. >>> just a week after getting slammed by that monster blizzard, parts of the northeast are digging out from yet another big storm. northern new england got the worst of it with some cities
. pope benedict is the first in centuries to resyne. >> cardinal o' bryan will take part in the picking of the new pope. an italian photographer captured lightening striking st. peters facility within hours of the announce. being made. . >> his heroism is getting the thanks of a greatful nation. . >> coming up, a touching moment during today's ceremony. >> and our morning wave of precipitation clearing out now but an additional wave expected to roll in by wednesday. we'lltalk about that and the chances for snow in the out look coming up. >> and which chocolates are the best for your sweetheart? we tested them out and we'll bring you the results. . >> he was in the oval office and racing around pretty good and sampling a number of apple ls before finding the first one. >> it was a special week for clint, he and his wife celebrate their anniversary tomorrow. >> if you're in line at the grocery store tomorrow you'll probably see the story on esquire magazine. you'll seethe story of a man who shot osama bin lad den. we'll alsolearn why this hero is struggling with no job, no health c
, pope benedict changed the rules for the next conclave. cardinals can begint process of electing a new pope immediately. they're fighting stories that he's stepping down because of gay prests. we may never know what the document contained. >> most of them are not true. >> analysts believe a strong hand is needed to lead the church through the scandals, a job that will be even more difficult because the church is split by birth infighting. >>> gun control will be up for debait. the bills were sproatd out of the committee last thursday. it could come up for a vote as early as this coming wednesday. >>> a huge rally in annapolis to drum up support for a plan to renovate dozens of baltimore schools. the plan would set aside a block grant each year in the budget for city schools. spores say it would create more than $1 billion to remodel some schools. cheryl conner is following the story and will have a live report at 6:00 from annapolis. >>> good-bye baltimore. for a few months, the ship will be part of the navy's continuing promise. during her five-month trip it will visit five countries.
to turn to the headlines coming in right now on the pope. we just learned that benedict will be called emeritus pope and will wear white after he steps down next week. his retirement this week is being clouded by scandal, as there are more calls to stop an american cardinal from participating in the election of the next pope. abc's david wright is in rome right now with the very latest. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. the process to replace pope benedict is now on the fast track. we've also just learned that the deacon of the college of cardinals will summon the cardinals on friday to their first meeting, which will take place on monday, march 4th. never before has the cardinal given the conclave amidst a scandal. and that raises the pressure for the other cardinals tainted by scandal, among them, roger mahoney, who for years, covered up for pedophile priests. for 24 hours, britain's cardinal keith o'brien has holed up in this home in scotland. >> the holy father accepted the resignation of cardinal o'brien. >> reporter: on sunday, a british newspaper reporte
are hearing that they are headed to the vatican. pope benedict xvi delivered his last mass on sunday. in washington, d.c , thousands gathered at the shrine of the basillica in a service to honor the pope. parishioners are holding out hopes for favorites. >> >> it's interesting to notice that the church is only growing in the third world, africa, asia, it would be such a nod. >> one of the 11 american cardinals voting to elect the next pope. he said it is unlikely the next one will be from the united states. again, a live press conference happening right now, we'll let you know what is going on. >> >> it looks like we could see some relief from the skyrocketing gas prices. . crude oil prices are going down. wholesale price of oil beginning to tumble. . >>> otis harris performed with the temptations from dr.-- family members say he passed away from prostate cancer. he was 62 years old. >> >> this monday morning, pleading guilty, due back in court today. >>> oscar pistorius accused of killing his girl friend. we learned his brother, carl is facing charges in a 2010 death for motorcycli
of thousands gather in st. peter's square as pope benedict delivers his last sunday blessing. this, as the vatican lashes out at scandalous rumors over why the pope is actually leaving. >>> and we're going oscar crazy this morning, looking at the likely winners and the long shots. "silver linings playbook" won big at the spirit awards last night. is that a precursor of what's to come tonight? just hours to go before the curtain goes up on hollywood's biggest night. >>> hey, good morning, everybody. we've got a live shot of the red carpet in the hollywood. in a few hours, it's going to be crawling with stars, including our own robin roberts and lara spencer. who will leading our coverage at 7:00 p.m. eastern. the spirit awards were held overnight where "silver linings playbook" cleaned up. does it fore shadow a big win for that film? ron claiborne still holding out for "les miserables." >> it was a huge night for jennifer lawrence. for "silver linings playbook." lot of people were talking about that, does she win best actress award? >>> also coming up -- not great news, 11 states in
benedict foresees his life in retirement. he said he will be hidden from the world. the vatican confirmed that benedict's closest adviser will continue to serve him as a private secretary, even while running the new pope's household. >> big changes ahead. he's like, i'm gone, i'm disappearing. >> i think he's doing that because he doesn't want there to be a perceived idea that he's going to somehow have something to do with the pope's election. >> pass that baton and move back. >>> here's a look at your friday forecast. light snow for upstate new york and northern new england. up to 5 inches in northern michigan. showers in the tennessee valley. heavy downpours from orlando to miami. 4 to 8 inches of mountain snow in colorado and wyoming. >> 40s across the rockies. teens from fargo to minneapolis. 28 in chicago. 48 in beantown. 60s from atlanta to new orleans. >>> before we put the whole valentine's day thing to rest for another year, we want to give a shout out to a couple in pennsylvania. they have been married for 79 years. >> wow! >> they knew each other all the way back in grade scho
as breaking news. pope benedict stepping down. >> coming up at 5, we will have local reaction to the pope's surprising announcement and this was a genuine surprise. no one saw this coming. also, what's next. >> also ahead this morning a. woman tries to help a homeless guy but gives him more than change. we will tell you how his act of kennedness restored her faith in humanity. a -- kindness restored her faith in humanity. >>> some kid in the area put a spin on a song in the name of education. ♪ hey i am reading and it's amazing ♪ so grab a book. >> you have to get on board with that. >> that's good. i can go with that. students at elementary school in pikesville put together this video parodying the song call me maybe. the reading specialist wrote the lyrics and after three weeks of practice it was released and played during the morning announcement to more than 900 students. >> we just want our students to become more interested in reading, make it fun and interesting. have them think of reading as a fun activity. >> well at last check the video received more than 1200 hits on youtub
, former chicago lawmaker, sandy jackson, is charged with filing false tax returns. >>> as pope benedict prepares to step down, the buzz is growing about the unlikely possibility that an american could be next in line. the spotlight is on cardinal sean o'malley of boston. he's known for simply wearing a brown robe and scandals. he inherited an archdiocese badly tainted by the church scandal. >>> with that, we take a look at your wednesday weather across the country. dallas, houston, oklahoma city could see some showers. we'll have some rain in the pacific northwest. snowfall for denver, starting around dinner time. california dries out after yesterday's storm. it will be pretty quiet here on the east coast. >> and it's another day of bone-chilling cold in the upper midwest. minneapolis will struggle to get above ten degrees. new york, boston and baltimore are in the upper 30s. phoenix is in the mid-50s, when the normal high is usually 60. miami, as usual, the shot spot, around 80 degrees. >>> and coming up, we'll have a live report, as we welcome our friend robin roberts back to "gma," j
game about the new pope is taking an unexpected turn. just ten days now until pope benedict steps down. and the common assumption has always been there will never be an american pope. but it's changing. do we have the candidate now who may just do it? abc's david wright tells us. >> reporter: cardinal sean o'malley is a prince of the church who lives like a pauper. even his clothes set him apart from the other men in red. "cardinal sean," as he likes to be called, wears the simple brown robes of a monk, tied with a rope. plus sandals, even during winter in boston. >> he's a holy man. a man of simplicity. and wouldn't that be a lovely thing to have in a pope? >> reporter: the boston archdiocese he inherited was badly tainted by the church sexual abuse scandal. o'malley sold off the cardinal's residence to pay the victims and moved into a single room near the cathedral. he put the victims first. the church has not always been so responsive. >> any new pope is going to have to look at the issue and speak to it. >> reporter: here in rome, there's long been an unwritten rule -- no pope from
benedict 16 will now meet with parish priests from rome today. he's expected to talk about his personal experiences during the reformist second vatican council back in the 1960s. he made a surprise announcement last week saying he would be stepping down from his position due to health reasons. the story is continuing to develop. >>> five things to know on this thursday morning. check your fridge before making your salad and heading off to work today because taylor farms retail is recalling some baby spinach because it could be contaminated with e. coli. it was sold around several labels. >>> the numbers have gone up 4% since 2002. in the study half the women who used the pill said they did it because they had unprotected sex. >>> passengers aboard a carnival cruise ship will finally be able to get off the boat today. it's expected to dock in mobile, alabama. a fire in the room has caused the ship to be stranded at sea for five days. the virginia couple who bought the $217 million winning powerball ticket will be introduced today. they bought the ticket at the richmond international airp
charge. >>> and still overseas, we have word from the vatican tonight. pope benedict has offered a clue about his plans for the future. telling some clergymen today he would soon be hidden to the world. we know he's going to move into a former con vent inside vatican city, but today seemed to be singling he will not play any public role again once he steps down. >>> and now we head to washington, because just this afternoon the president was thrown a curveball. he saw his secretary of defense nominee chuck hagel would be confirmed, but jonathan karl tells us it didn't happen. >> reporter: today was the day the president hoped he would have a new secretary of defense, but republicans blocked a straight up or down vote on his nomination. they don't like him for a lot of reasons, but their complaint today, was they said he didn't turn over enough financial information. the white house is calling this unconscionable and the president in an online chat said, quote, it's unfortunate this kind of politics at a time when i'm presiding over a war in afghanistan and i need a secretary of defense.
, you are looking live from the vatican where the pope benedict xvi is addressing the ash wednesday mass. it's significant because it could likely be the 85-year- old's last mass. he is telling people he is resigning and stepping down is good for the church saying his health can't keep up with the job. >> during his remarks he gave the faith -- [audio not understandable] what do we do when something that's hard to paint, really wants to be painted? we break out new behr ultra with stain-blocker from the home depot... ...the best selling paint and primer in one that now eliminates stains. so it paints over stained surfaces, scuffed surfaces, just about any surface. what do you say we go where no paint has gone before, and end up some place beautiful. more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot. behr ultra. now with advanced stain blocking, only at the home depot, and only $31.98 a gallon. >>> lean cuisine lovers check your freezers. nestle is recalling the mushroom traffic oldy. three customers reported glass fragments in the entrees. it covers package of mushroom ravioli.
the beginning of lent today. in one of his last official duties, pope benedict celebrates the ash wednesday mass at the vatican. it marks the first time the pope has been seen in public since his bombshell resignation announcement. his term will officially end the last day of the month, february 28th. >>> and bookies are taking big bets on who will be chosen as the next pope. marc ouellet is the favorite. >>> people in cape cod are still struggling to clean up from last week's monster blizzard. the storm also caused widespread beach erosion, washing away 20 feet to 30 feet of real estate. there was property damage along the beach. elsewhere in massachusetts, boston students return to school for the first time since the blizzard. they're doing so today. wow. >>> time, now, for the weather across the nation. a little more snow for southern new england and new york and philadelphia. rain from d.c. to orlando and much of the gulf coast. a couple inches of snow across much of minnesota and north dakota. mountain snow in the cascades and northern rockies. showers from seattle to portland. >> 40s from
the investigation. linda so, abc2 news. >>> on this morning pope benedict xvi presided at ash wednesday services. this is a live look at what's going on in rome as we speak. this was likely the pope's last ash wednesday address and it was also going tonight last public speaking event coming in rome. the venue changed after the pope did come in to make has announcement of retirement ending in the month. he told the faithful he was stepping down "for the good of the church." this is the first time we are hearing from him since the surprise announcement two days ago. >>> today president obama hits the road to drum up support for his programs to help the middle class. he is going to make a stop in asheville north carolina. these are proposals that he brought up in his state of the anion a-- union address last night including a plan to raise the minimum wage and find work for 12.3 million unemployed americans. >> it's our unfinished task to make sure this government works on behalf of the many. not just the few. let's declare in the wealthiest nation on earth, no one who works full-time should have t
the papal election campaign is getting ugly. today, pope benedict is expected to announce new rules about the conclave. he can do it by dedegree. the pope is an absolute monarch. the vatican is accusing the press corps of being the modern day borges. these day, the italian parps read like dan brown novel. detailing a sex and blackmail scandal involving the curia. there's some truth to it. last year, the pope formed an investigative commission. these three men, referred to as the 007 cardinals. the pope's butler stole classified documents. they gave the pope a report. only he and they not what's in it. >> you get tons of rumors and all these whispers. most of them are not true. >> reporter: at the same time, the very real church sex abuse scandal, casting a shadow over l.a.'s roger mahoney and other cardinals. should morally tainted cardinals be allowed to help choose the new pope. the pope has announced new rules. the bottom line is the cardinals will not have to wait the 15 days they would have waited before. but the timing of the conclave will be up to them. george? >> thank you, david
. in less than two weeks, pope benedict will step down and there are speculations about who is going to replace him. >> so what are the chances of an american becoming the next pope? abc's david wright lets us know. >> reporter: cardinal sean o'malley is a prince of the church who lives like a pauper. even his clothes set him apart. cardinal sean, as he likes to be called, wears the simple brown robes of a monk, plus sandals. even in winter in boston. >> he's a holy man, and a man of simplicity. wouldn't that be a lovely thing to have in a pope. >> reporter: the boston arch diocese he inherited was badly tainted. he sold off the cardinal's residence to pay off the victims and moved into a single room. the church has not always been so responsive. >> any new pope is going to have to look at that issue and speak to it. >> reporter: here in rome, there's been an unwritten rule, no pope from a superpower. but vatican watchers say times have changed. >> people realize a cardinal from the united states is not necessarily going to represent u.s. political interests. >> reporter: o'malley is
benedict. the soon-to-be retiree will live in a monastery and will likely give up his beloved theological writing because of his frail health. he has a pacemaker and recently underwent surgery. >> over the past few years, he's certainly slowed down a bit. you can tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. not huge things. but a number of smaller ones, which take their toll. >> and still left for the vatican to decide is what exactly the ex-pope will be called. we haven't had an ex-pope in six centuries. >> we have no idea what to do with him. we don't know where to put him. >> it's rare territory for the catholic church. >>> moving on to your wednesday weather. rain and mountain snow in the northwest. snow showers around fargo and the twin cities. morning rain from new orleans to the caroline aas and d.c. rain changing over from snow from philly to new york. >> forts from boston to baltimore. 50s from atlanta to dallas and 50s in the pacific northwest. >>> we know at least one thing for sure coming up with this next video. this is definitely not f
. benedict met privately with the three elderly investigators. the italian press calls them the 007 cardinals. >> the cardinals that did the investigation in the corruption inside the vatican are known to know everything. so if they say i don't think this candidate is the best idea at this point, that will be taken very seriously. >> reporter: the pope issued new rules that could fast track this election but ultimately the timing will be up to the cardinal. david wright, abc news, rome. >> there's not a whole lot of time that we're talking here. we've got to get the conclave going and got to get people going so that -- we've got to get a new pope in time for the most sacred days that are headed our way in the catholic church. >> the easter holiday and all that. with the resignation and then with the secret report, i know people get wrapped up in the ceremony and where the church is going to go. but let's never forget these folks are still very human. there's definitely politics behind the scenes. just because you have this title or that title, your still fallible and politics and human weakne
headline from rome. >> pope benedict speaking publicly for the first time since he announced he will step down this month. this morning, it appears the pope is trying to quiet any and all conspiracy theories. let's get right now to abc's dan harris at the vatican. good morning, dan. >> reporter: josh, good morning. the pope receives an extended standing ovation, was even rupted a few times by cheers. some people had tears in their eyes. benedict appeared gratified by their well-wishes. he thanked people for their prayers during the days he said had been hard for him. he said he was stepping down for the good of the church. and i was struck by that he was doing this of his own free will. the vatican worried about conspiracy theories that the pope is stepping down because of intrigue. >> quieting concerns for now. >>> the latest on that carnival cruise ship in the gulf of mexico. its power knocked out by fire. and this morning, the ship with some 4,200 people onboard is finally making its way to port. but conditions are worsening by the hour. abc's matt gutman has the story. >> reporter: af
about pope benedict's health. officials say the pope struck his head during a trip to mexico, leading some to speculate it may have been a factor in his decision to resign. the vatican denies it played any role in the pope's decision. >>> a surprising, new study finds that the morning-after pill is more popular than ever. 11% of women say they've used plan b emergency contraception. that's up from 4% a decade ago. researchers say it's largely because the pill is so much easier to get. >>> and finally, what would you do if you were this guy? a homeless man in kansas city, named billy ray harris looked down in his change cup. he realized a woman had stopped to give him some change. had dropped her diamond engagement ring into his cup. yes. could have pawned it for thousands. gotten away with it. instead, when he saw her again, after hanging on to it, he gave it back. she offered some cash as a thank you, a reward. he said, nope. doing the right thing, better than any cash reward. it is, in fact, priceless. and i hope, sarina, you're watching at home. i hope everybody can capture that, i
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